WILL ASUU END STRIKE SOON? For some time now, the representatives of ASUU have been meeting with the Federal Government to resolve issues so that the ongoing strike can stop. There have been a series of meeting, however, it seems that the last meeting held could “change the price of garri in the market”.
The report has it the that Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had agreed to consider the offer made by the federal government and suspend their strike.
When the FG delegation arrived, they were led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in the absence of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
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Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono; the national president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba; and officials from the National Universities Commission, Head of Service and Salaries, Wages and Income commission.
While declaring the meeting started, Mr Ngige expressed optimism that the outcome of the meeting will be fruitful, as the Government has done a lot of work since the last meeting in 2018, saying that his hope is for students to return to the classroom as soon as possible, pointing out that non of his children are schooling abroad.
FG has reached an agreement with ASUU to release N15.4bn for salary shortfall. Mr Ngige also pointed out that FG is also in the process of releasing another N20 billion for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers.
The ASUU President on his own part says he will take the new Government propositions to members of the Union, and only then will the decision to either call the strike or continue with it, will be reached.
No date was announced by the ASUU President on when the meeting with the Union Leadership will be held.
Do you think ASUU will end strike next week? Let’s keep our mind crossed.
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